Since coming over to the Rangers in a trade from the Tigers, Fielder has had a hard time staying healthy, especially with his neck. He had surgery for a similar injury in his neck in 2014. Reports are saying that the first baseman was experiencing similar symptoms earlier this week that he did two years ago.
After feeling weakness and discomfort in his neck and left arm, it was recommended that Fielder undergo surgery. This recommendation came after an examination from Dr. Robert Watkins. Fielder will have another evaluation when he returns to Texas. The team also placed outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the disabled list for a third time this season with a back injury.
Another key piece that has not stayed healthy this season is Jhonny Peralta of the St. Louis Cardinals. The 34-year-old was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with a thumb injury that has bothered him multiple times this year. Peralta joins Matt Carpenter and Brandon Moss on a list of key Cardinals that are currently sidelined.
This recent thumb injury occurred when Peralta jammed his thumb while swinging the bat last weekend. Reports are saying that this injury is not stemming from the torn ligament in the thumb that he suffered earlier this year, even though it is the same thumb.
The first injury was announced during Spring Training, and caused the shortstop to miss the first nine weeks of the season. In 30 games since returning on June 7th, Peralta has recorded a .221 average, with five home runs and 13 RBIs.
St. Louis move Jedd Gyorko into the starting lineup for the doubleheader on Wednesday, and he went on to hit three home runs in the two games. Despite the list of injuries getting longer, the team does not plan on trading for another hitter before the deadline.